Family experiments : middle-class, professional families in Australia and New Zealand c 1880-1920 / Shelley Richardson.Material type: BookSeries: ANU.Lives series in biography: Publisher: Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 1760460591; 9781760460594.Subject(s): Immigrant families -- Australia -- Biography | Immigrant families -- New Zealand -- Biography | Middle class families -- Australia -- Biography | Middle class families -- New Zealand -- Biography | Archives | Australasia, Oceania and other land areas | Australasia | Australasian and Pacific history | Australia | Colonialism | Expectation | Family (Sociological unit) | Family environment | Family influence | Family involvement | Family relationship | History | History: specific events and topics | Humanities | Immigrant families | Middle class culture | Middle class families | Middle class | Middle school students | Middle years | New Zealand | Professional development | Regional and national history | Social and cultural history | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Women's Studies | Australia | New Zealand | AustralianGenre/Form: Electronic book. | Electronic books. | Biography.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Family experiments : middle-class, professional families in Australia and New Zealand c. 1880- 1920.DDC classification: 306.85092 Online resources: Digital version
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Section one: departures -- The family and mid-Victorian idealism -- The family and mid-Victorian realities -- Section two: arrival and establishment -- The academic evangelists -- The lawyers -- Section three: marriage and aspiriations: colonial families -- Marriage -- Educating daughters: the Christchurch girls -- Educating daughters: the Melbourne girls -- Boys.
"Family Experiments explores the forms and undertakings of "family" that prevailed among British professionals who migrated to Australia and New Zealand in the late nineteenth century. Their attempts to establish and define "family" in Australasian, suburban environments reveal how the Victorian theory of "separate spheres" could take a variety of forms in the new world setting. The attitudes and assumptions that shaped these family experiments may be placed on a continuum that extends from John Ruskin's concept of evangelical motherhood to John Stuart Mill's rational secularism. Central to their thinking was a belief in the power of education to produce civilised and humane individuals who, as useful citizens, would individually and in concert nurture a better society. Such ideas pushed them to the forefront of colonial liberalism. The pursuit of higher education for their daughters merged with and, in some respects, influenced first-wave colonial feminism. They became the first generation of colonial, middle-class parents to grapple not only with the problem of shaping careers for their sons, but also and more frustratingly, what graduate daughters might do next."--Back cover.
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